Modern

Famous quotes containing the word modern:

    Insurance. An ingenious modern game of chance in which the player is permitted to enjoy the comfortable conviction that he is beating the man who keeps the table.
    Ambrose Bierce (1842–1914)

    Any historian of the literature of the modern age will take virtually for granted the adversary intention, the actually subversive intention, that characterizes modern writing—he will perceive its clear purpose of detaching the reader from the habits of thought and feeling that the larger culture imposes, of giving him a ground and a vantage point from which to judge and condemn, and perhaps revise, the culture that produces him.
    Lionel Trilling (1905–1975)

    And, in fine, the ancient precept, “Know thyself,” and the modern precept, “Study nature,” become at last one maxim.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)